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Life moves fast, and you can't just press "pause" to get the exact photo you want. Nor is it easy to find a lot of time to fix images after the fact. In this workshop author and expert Tim Grey shows you how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to make a big impact on your digital photographs in a short time. After getting a quick overview of the Elements interface, learn how to fix problems with lighting, color, noise, and red eye. If you like, you can then move on to explore more advanced techniques like removing unwanted objects from an image, replacing the background, reducing depth of field, and more. This course teaches all the skills you need to create images with staying power.
To help ensure you're really able to make the most of the workflow going between the Elements Organizer and the Elements Editor. I wanted to give you a sense of the overall workflows. So I wanted to run through the process you might use to work on an image. Especially in situations where you want to go back to an image and apply additional adjustments later. I'd like to work on this particular image of some flowers in the desert for example. So I'm going to click on that image, and then, choose Edit > Edit with Photoshop Elements Editor from the menu. This will open this image in the Elements Editor.
I can then apply any adjustments I'd like. Let's assume that I just want to increase Contrast just a little bit, so I'll choose Enhance, then Adjust Lighting, and I'll just go to Brightness Contrast and increase the contrast. Don't worry too much about the adjustments I'm applying at the moment. Just think of this as an overview of an actual workflow that might involve a variety of different adjustments. I'll also brighten up the image just a little bit. There we go, that looks to be pretty good. So I'll go ahead and click OK. At this point, I'm ready to Save the image and continue managing it in the Elements Organizer.
So I'll choose File > Save from the menu. The editor will automatically give a new file name, in this case with edited and a number one on the end of the file name. And by the default, the Include in Elements Organizer and Save Inversion Set with original checkboxes are both turned off. And I want both of those turned on so that I can continue managing this copy of my image in the Organizer. I'll go ahead and click Save, and then click OK in the JPEG Option dialog. The Maximum quality setting is perfectly fine here. And once that image is saved, I'll go ahead and close the image, and I'm taken back to the Elements Organizer.
The image, as I adjusted it, is now a copy of the original. So I can always get back to the original if I decide I'm not happy with this version of the image. I can expand the version set to see both the original and the copy that had some additional adjustments applied. And if at any time I decide I'd like to edit this image further, I can simply select it, and then simply choose Edit > Edit with Photoshop Elements Editor in order to open that image up again. Just for the sake of applying an additional adjustment, let's assume that I'm going to convert this image to black and white. I'll find a good basic setting for this image, perhaps, Scenic Landscape. Well, I think Scenic Lanscape, perhaps with a little bit of a refinement. for example, perhaps brightening up the greens a little bit and maybe brightening up the reds, so that we can get that flower brightened up. I won't worry about the particular adjustment at the moment. This is just for illustrative purposes.
But let's go ahead and click OK to apply that change. Once again, I can choose File > Save from the menu, and then, File > Close or simply click the x on the tab in order to close that image. I can then switch back to the Elements Organizer, and you can see, now that image is in a black and white version. Of course, if I want to create a completely new interpretation of a photo rather than changing an existing edited version of an image. I can go back to my original slide and choose the original photo, and then choose Edit > Edit with Photoshop Elements Editor to bring up another copy of that image.
We'll assume we want to to keep this particular version in full color. But perhaps, I'll apply Auto Contrast Adjustment, and perhaps I'll increase the color. Maybe just adjusting Hue/Saturation again, boosting those colors just a little bit. There we go. I'll click OK. And now, I can choose File > Save in order to save a copy. And notice that now, it is edited number two. This is the second version of that image. I'll go ahead and click Save. And then, click OK in the JPEG Options. And once again, close this image.
And I can switch to the Elements Organizer. And now you see that my version set contains three images. They're all grouped together. I can collapse or expand that version set and I have the original image. The image that I converted to a black and white version of the image and the image with a little more contrast and a little more saturation. So in this way, I can always work non-destructively. I'm never adjusting the original image. And so I can work very freely in the Elements Editor, knowing that I can always get back to the original at any time.
And of course, I can keep all versions of that image organized very nicely within the Organizer.
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